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The New Oxford Guide to Writing Paperback – April 28, 1994
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I still remember an illustrative example somewhere in the initial pages. What is not so good about the sentence "She dresses in a beaatuful manner" ?. Well, it becomes more effective when written as "She dresses beautifully". In the long phrase "in a beautiful manner", the focus is dissipated over many words. Whereas, "beautifully" compresses meaning in one word and what's more, it sits at the end of the sentence, tending to stay in the reader's mind longer.
The book is full of such fine points and subtle techniques. Kane has taken a wonderfully orderly approach to teaching the writing process right from the basic element - the sentence, to the whole picture - the essay. Gradually building layer on layer, you see how the parts make the whole and how different aspects of writing contribute to the reader's final experience.
There are many meaningful exercises that will make you understand the huge number of tehcniques. Another important feature of the book is its examples of different types and styles of writing taken from a wide range of well known authors -Bertrand Russell, Samuel Johnson, E B White, Virginia Woolf, G K Chesterton, H G Wells, Mark Twain and so on. Kane takes each excerpt from these authors and explains why they work.
With a little effort, you can start writing almost as well as them, at least you'll know how those great authors thought before penning their ideas.
The book is set in very eye-pleasing font and well presented. Get the hardback if you can. If you're really interested in writing, this is a book you'll want to treasure.
Everyone, from beginner to professional, should have a copy of this book.
It may indicate the age of the author that on p. 32 he recommends "If you type .... Keep the keys clean and invest now and then in a new ribbon." He has no special advice for users of a word processor, and I'd guess he never used one. He refers to Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, which gives an idea of how new "new" is.
I'd put this book at a high-school to first-year college level. The author's style is that of a friendly and knowledgable advisor, pedantic at times, but usually not.
I found the examples really made the points, and the overall view of techniques shows what can be done.
This book--"The New Oxford Guide to Writing" by Thomas S. Kane--however, could have been given such a title. Kane offers suggestions and examples for the whole writing process. He covers the initial stages of brainstorming and the final stages of composition. Organization of paragraphs and construction of sentences are discussed; he provides examples from various authors, topics, and expository mediums. In addition, Kane includes suggestions for style, such as figures of speech and rhetorical devices. It is not comprehensive treatment, for these are subjects unto themselves. Yet, the suggestions are useful and to be noted: literary and rhetorical style distinguishes great writing from good writing. Kane also provides suggestions for narrative and descriptive writing, which all --whether creative or quarterly report writers--can use to create organized, engaging text . Lastly, Kane reviews both formal and stylistic punctuation.
Not only creative writers or students will benefit but also those in business, legal, and management settings will as well.
A few suggestions:
For those interested in rhetorical style and figures I recommend "Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric." It reviews about twenty of the most common and practical rhetorical figures ( or devices).Read more ›
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Crucial tool for all English writers.
A great writing companion. Wish I had this long ago.
"The New Oxford Guide to Writing" is a all around good guide to grammar, writing, and revising. I recommend it.Published on December 25, 2013 by will goldby
It is helping me learn some valuable lessons in the mechanics of good writing. I'm learning things I plan to put into practice in my writing.Published on October 13, 2013 by Kindle Customer Russell George
Excellent book on writing. Learned so much. Good examples. I'm not a native speaker, but this was pleasant to read and easy to understand. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Tom Van Leemputten